| Woodrats are generally nocturnal, and favor dry habitats. They eat plant matter, especially cactus, which is a source of both food and water. They build nests of thorny materials, which protect them from predators and from the heat of the day. These nests may be used - and added to - by generations of woodrats. Other animals that share the woodrats' range sometimes use the nests, too. These can include badgers, skunks, opossums, rabbits, shrews, other rodents, and even lizards. The Tamaulipan Woodrat is known from parts of Tamaulipas and San Luis Potosi, Mexico. It is not thought to be endangered.
Head and Body: 150-230 mm; Tail: 75-240 mm
Baker, R.H., 1951. The University of Kansas Museum of Natural History, Miscellaneous Publications, 5:217.
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